One of the smallest, but many sought-af­ter tro­phies in world sport, the Ry­der Cup is a sym­bol of world-class sport, played for in a spirit of spir­ited but friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween two con­ti­nents that have, in golf a great deal more in com­mon than di­vides them. • The Ry­der Cup tro­phy mea­sures just 17 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds. It’s small in stature, and it’s about the same size of the FIFA World Cup tro­phy won by France in Rus­sia ear­lier this year.

• The Ry­der Cup is made of 9-carat gold. • Sa­muel Ry­der, the founder of the Ry­der Cup, com­mis­sioned the tro­phy and donated it in 1927; it was the prize he had made for the first matches in 1927, pit­ting the best golfers in the United States against the best golfers from Great Bri­tain. • The tro­phy costs in the or­der of $400 at the time to make; it would cost about $6,000 now, but be­cause of its in­valu­able sta­tus, is in­sured for many times more than that. • The orig­i­nal Ry­der Cup tro­phy is owned by the Pro­fes­sional Golfers As­so­ci­a­tion of Great Bri­tain and Ire­land (PGA – GB&I), be­queathed to it by seeds­man Sa­muel Ry­der.

• The orig­i­nal Ry­der Cup tro­phy re­mains at the PGA GB&I head­quar­ters in Great Bri­tain. • A golden golfer sits atop the lid of the Ry­der Cup at the top of the tro­phy, thought to be Abe Mitchell, Ry­der’s friend and per­sonal golf teacher who played in the in­au­gu­ral event in 1927 at Worces­ter Coun­try Club, Mas­sachusetts, USA, where the match was tied 9.5-9.5pts.

• The tro­phy base has the Ry­der Cup re­sults en­graved on a band that goes around it. • The win­ning Ry­der Cup team does not get the ac­tual orig­i­nal tro­phy; in­stead, they get an iden­ti­cal replica made for the PGA of Amer­ica, whilst there is also a replica tro­phy that is used for pro­mo­tional ap­pear­ances. • By co­in­ci­dence, the ca­pac­ity of the Ry­der Cup is the same, 70cl, as a stan­dard bot­tle of Cham­pagne, some 25 of which were con­sumed as Europe cel­e­brated vic­tory at Gle­nea­gles in 2014.

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